TIM WATTS MP
MEMBER FOR GELLIBRAND
TERRI BUTLER MP
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR CHILD SAFETY AND PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE MEMBER FOR GRIFFITH
Senator Eric Abetz thinks revenge porn is best left to someone else
The Turnbull Government should stop using politics as an excuse and pass laws to outlaw revenge porn, according to the sponsors of a Private Member's Bill to criminalise "revenge porn".
Senior Liberal Eric Abetz has told the media the Government wants to wait for the outcome of a COAG review before deciding whether to support laws to outlaw revenge porn.
"It would take the Government five minutes to bring this bill to a vote," said Tim Watts, the mover of the Bill.
"Not acting on this sends a message that the Parliament condones this behaviour," Mr Watts said.
"The Abbott-Turnbull Government was quite rightly prepared to announce immediate measures to respond to family violence in September - though obviously we would've preferred they had acted sooner given we made our own policy announcement back in March," said Terri Butler, the seconder of the Bill.
"The idea that no action can be taken until after the COAG process is just an excuse, and demonstrates that the Government is not taking this issue seriously," she said.
"Outlawing revenge porn is good policy, no one from the Government has said otherwise," Mr Watts said.
"Eric Abetz should forget the political point scoring and time wasting," he said.
"The Government should stop making excuses and put the Bill to a vote," he said.
"This is an opportunity for the government to prove it's not just all talk and no action," Ms Butler said.
"The Government does not need to wait for a much longer and broader COAG process into family violence to conclude before they can pass laws to criminalise revenge porn," she said.